British Columbia

Victim of suspicious death near Surrey Safeway identified

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified the person found near a Safeway in Surrey, B.C., who later died at the scene Friday night.

Greg Lupel found in parking lot at 88th Avenue and 152nd Street Friday night

Police tape off a crime scene at the Safeway in Surrey at 152nd Street and 88th Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 after a person died in the area the night before. (Shane MacKichan)

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the person who died Friday night after being found near a Safeway in Surrey, B.C.

IHIT says the victim is Greg Lupel, 27, who frequented the Surrey area, but was of no fixed address. 

Investigators say they don't know what caused Lupel's death, but foul play hasn't been ruled out. 

"Mr. Lupel's death is suspicious, and IHIT will continue investigating to ensure nothing is overlooked," said Cpl. Meghan Foster in a written statement.

"An autopsy and further testing is required to determine Mr. Lupel's cause of death, and to determine if foul play was a factor." 

Lupel was found at around 10:30 p.m. PT Friday in a small lane near the loading area of the Safeway grocery store at 152nd Street and 88th Avenue.

Foster said Lupel was unresponsive when first responders arrived at the scene, and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about him to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.